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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children see an orthodontic specialist by the age of seven. Children at younger ages (7-11 yrs) offer the most effective opportunities to utilize natural growth stages to intercept or correct common dental and jaw problems. We find children at this age to be cooperative and willing to assist in making changes in their smiles. When your child visits our orthodontist by age 7 for early orthodontic treatment near Burbank, CA, Dr. Bergh can evaluate the amount of room for the permanent teeth, the growth of the jaws, and any functional problems that might exist.
Orthodontist Dr. Bergh has trained extensively in the field of orthodontics and dento-facial orthopedics, so you can feel confident that your child is in the right place for braces and orthodontic treatment.
By the age of 7, your child’s first permanent molars and incisors have usually grown in and any potential bite issues can be recognized. Dr. Bergh will be able to identify if your child has or is going to have any issues such as a crossbite, teeth crowding, or another dental issue.
With early treatment, Dr. Bergh can guide the growth of your child’s jaw and incoming permanent teeth. He can also correct the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems, and simplify any later treatment.
Not every child is a candidate for early orthodontic treatment. Some are placed on a complimentary recall phase in our office in which Dr. Berg sees them at pre-determined intervals to monitor dental development and jaw growth until orthodontic treatment is indicated.
Call us today at 818.273.6225 or click here to schedule a no-obligation, complimentary evaluation for your child. We’ll provide your child with a thorough examination, including the necessary diagnostic photographs and x-rays, all at no charge to you. We look forward to meeting you!